AAMC: MORE, Not Less, Graduate Medical Education Needed

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report on Tuesday calling for reform of the graduate medical education system. IOM recommendations include altering the way residency programs are funded and instituting accountability and transparency measures. In a statement, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., said, “The IOM’s proposal to radically overhaul graduate medical education and make major cuts to patient care would threaten the world’s best training programs for health professionals and jeopardize patients, particularly those who are the most medically vulnerable.” Dr. Kirch added, “By proposing as much as a 35 percent reduction in payments to teaching hospitals, the IOM’s recommendations will slash funding for vital care and services available almost exclusively at teaching hospitals, including Level 1 trauma centers, pediatric intensive care units, burn centers, and access to clinical trials.”

This video is the latest from AAMC summarizing the physician shortage and need for increased graduate medical education training. To watch the video directly, click HERE.

Learn more about Graduate Medical Education (GME) at the John A. Burns School of Medicine:

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and several major medical centers in Hawai`i cooperatively conduct residency (post MD graduate medical education) programs and post-residency fellowships.

We offer post-graduate training to more than 230 Residents and Fellows in the specialties and subspecialties of Internal Medicine (including Geriatrics and Cardiovascular Disease), Surgery (including Surgical Critical Care), Family Medicine (including Sports Medicine), Psychiatry (including Geriatric, Child and Adolescent and Addictions), Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics (including Neonatal-Perinatal), Pathology and Orthopaedic Surgery. The Transitional Year Residency Program provides a single year of clinical experience in various disciplines such as medicine and surgery. The Triple Board Residency Program is accredited by Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. A Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Family Planning Fellowships are also offered.

The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredits all programs, excepting the Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Family Planning Fellowships, which are accredited by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Although Residents and Fellows train primarily in the major O`ahu hospitals above, other training sites include facilities on neighbor islands such as Hilo Medical Center, Maui Memorial Medical Center, and Moloka`i General.

The Hawai`i Residency Programs, Inc. (HRP) is a not-for-profit corporation, comprised of JABSOM, as the Sponsoring Institution, and four of our major hospital training sites, The Queen’s Medical Center, Kapi`olani Medical Center for Women and Children, Kuakini Medical Center, Wahiawā General Hospital and Kaiser Permanente. The Veterans Administration and the Hawai`i State Department of Health are also affiliated with HRP. HRP employs the Residents and Fellows and coordinates the administration of the university-directed residency training programs. HRP also acts as a liaison between the programs and the affiliated training hospitals.

The Designated Institutional Official for JABSOM GME is Dr. Naleen Andrade.

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